bostonglobe.com – Chamber Players close 50th season

TheBostonSymphonyChamberPlayersclosedtheirApril6programwithSchubert_sOctetinF,D.803(StuRosner)By Thomasine Berg | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  

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s a group, the oboe, clarinet, and bassoon don’t get star treatment very often. But the three — in the hands of John Ferrillo, William R. Hudgins, and Richard Svoboda, respectively — launched the final installment in the Boston Symphony Chamber Players 50th anniversary season with a jovial performance of Darius Milhaud’s “Suite d’après Corrette” (Op. 161b) that seemed to invite the audience, “Come on in, enjoy!”

Composed in the 1930s, the work has eight short movements (total length under 10 minutes) full of tag-team runs and chatty exchanges. In Jordan Hall Sunday, crowd chuckles trailed into some of the pauses. If a reed balked for a player once or twice, well, it was all among friends.

The Boston premiere of “Parallel Worlds” by Sebastian Currier anchored the concert’s first half. Written for flute and string quartet, the work showcased the virtuosity of Boston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe next to the combined powerhouse of BSO principals Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster; Haldan Martinson, second violin; Steven Ansell, viola; and BSO cellist Sato Knudsen, filling in for Jules Eskin. (Members of the Chamber Players hold BSO first-chair positions.)

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